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February Astronomy: Venus Reaches Peak Brilliance, While Californians Miss Out on a Partial Lunar Eclipse

Venus reaches peak brilliance, near magnitude -4.9, in February’s evening sky—giving rise to lots of UFO reports! Through a telescope or even 7-power binoculars, the planet displays an ever-larger and thinner crescent, especially if viewed in daytime or at sunset. Venus appears 39 percent full and a half-arcminute across on Feb. 1, and only 17 […]